Gowhere Hip Hop

Hennessy Artistry Archives

The Roots & Erykah Badu 'Star/You Got Me' LIVE @ Hennessy Artistry


The energy in first stop of the Hennessy Artisty series was sonic. When you combine the likes of legendary artists The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Q-Tip you're bound create a memorable and defining moment. With The Roots serving as the house band for the entire line-up of acts, which also included Yahzarah, Curren$y, and Kid Sister, the stage was set for an epic night of music. Here we find The Roots performing their hit songs "Star" and "You Got Me".
 
PREVIOUSLY:
Q-Tip, The Roots, & Curren$y "Let's Ride" LIVE @ Hennessy Artistry
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What do you think? Create a profile and comment!
 
~ Cam Be

The Roots, Q-Tip, & Curren$y 'Let's Ride' LIVE @ Hennessy Artistry


Hello world, I am Cam Be, the newest member of the Gowhere Hip Hop family. You can find out more about me at my website camovement.com. My main duties on this website will be both videography and photography.
 
My first mission was the Hennessy Artistry Tour kick-off in Chicago. Headlined by The Roots and Q-Tip. The concert was full of surprises including a guest appearance by Erykah Badu and this collaboration with Curren$y for the Q-Tip classic "Let's Ride". The highlight of the night for me was when The Roots announced the special guest artist of the night, Erykah Badu, the crowd went crazy! After an already slamming show we were awarded with 40 more minutes of greatness.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What do you think? Create a profile and comment!
 
~ Cam Be

Big Sean LIVE @ Hennessy Artistry Series


 
After our interview with Big Sean, he took the stage at Boutique here in Chicago where he performed some fan favorites like "What U Doin (Bull$#!@ing)", "Made", and "Memories" off his recently released mixtape 'Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG'. The night club was filled with Def Jam reps and fans alike, and featured another performance from Big UNK as well. Below you can check out the live performance from Big UNK's single "Go Hard", and in case you missed it click here for the photo recap and interview with Big Sean. Enjoy!
 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What do you think? Create a profile and comment!
 
~ Maks G

Yahzarah interview with Gowhere Hip Hop

 
Yesterday was a fun-filled day at Hennessy Artistry in Chicago, which for us not only included the main event at night, but also an afternoon of soundcheck at the Blackhawk Building, where we met and talked with singer Yahzarah above! She first impressed by showcasing her powerful voice while rehearsing with The Roots and again later when we talked because of how real and down to earth she was. She first expressed what her music represents for those of you watching who may be new to her before we touched on her album, The Ballad of Purple St. James (available now), and how her collaboration with Phonte for "Cry Over You" came about. She actually dropped a fact unbeknownst to me at the time that her and Little Brother went to college together and met in the financial aid line. Hah, fantastic! I find stories like theirs motivational because of the success in helping each other grow together over time. Be sure to watch the full interview above where Yahzarah also touches on her history with Erykah Badu and more!
 
Furthermore, we were of course in attendance for Yahzarah on stage with The Roots where she definitely rocked out to the increased energy in the building. Stay tuned for some video of the performance and in the meantime, check out her new video that premiered just a few days ago: the aforementioned collaboration with Phonte "Cry Over You". Enjoy!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Yahzarah "Cry Over You" f/ Phonte
VIDEO PREMIERE!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What do you think? Create a profile and comment!
 
~ Sgt. Tibs

Questlove interview with Gowhere Hip Hop

 
We're proud to bring you one of our realest interviews ever as Sgt. Tibs, Jen DeLeon, and I got the chance to talk with Questlove of The Roots after his set at the Hennessy Artistry event in Chicago.  

Tibs first asked about the goal of working with John Legend on the upcoming album, Wake Up!, due out this Tuesday, September 21st. Questlove, real name Ahmir (as he introduced himself to us) answered by taking us back to 2008 when he and Legend were working with President Obama's campaign, and how that experience essentially evolved into their collaboration for the upcoming album. Then Questlove talked about the record "Shine" going in-depth about how it was created, and sharing that the inspiration actually came from the movie Waiting For "Superman, which he says was "one of the most powerful films they've seen". Finally, Questlove discussed his dream job of being the house band on Jimmy Fallon. He explains a little bit of the behind the scenes tasks that go down, including daily 5 hour rehearsals where Questlove draws inspiration from Malcolm Gladwell's Outlierssaying it only made The Roots stronger. Our summary doesn't quite do the interview justice because Questlove's goes in detail about some culture shaping ideas that are truly inspiring. We definitely urge you to take the time and watch the interview above!
 
Our interview with Questlove was the icing on the cake for what was an amazing event at Hennessy Artistry Chicago. The Roots performed alongside Q-Tip, Curren$y, Kid Sister, Yahzarah, and surprise guest Erykah Badu! Wow. It was non-stop music for more than 3 hours! One of my favorite moments was when Q-Tip got up on the really tall speakers and had a musical exchange with Black Thought from above to below! Additionally, the venue was spectacularly set up with lounging sofas, electronics and TVs, and yep - an open bar with appetizers moving throughout. Below, check out some red-carpet photos of the event and stay tuned for many more photos and video coverage of the Hennessy Artistry series in Chicago. Enjoy!

Sgt. Tibs x Questlove x Jen DeLeon x Maks G
Sgt. Tibs x Questlove x Jen DeLeon x Maks G

Gallery sneak peek (7 images):

View the gallery...
Continue reading...

Big Sean interview with Gowhere Hip Hop

 
Last night Maks, Heather, and I headed over to Boutique for a red-carpet Hennessy Artistry event and performance from G.O.O.D. Music recording artist Big Sean! The event was hosted by WGCI's Nina Chantele and featured another performance by Mr. Real Estate AKA Big UNK. Check out the interview where we talk about the "G.O.O.D Friday" record recently released, Kanye West's Rosewood Movement, some new videos to expect, as well as the status of Sean's debut album. Big Sean is a funny character - I got a chance to talk with him more at Congress Theatre afterwards as well where he shared some funny stories about his encounters with other celebs. Friends Chiddy Bang were also in the building performing alongside Big Boi, Travie McCoy and Sean who made it last minute on their set. Definitely a fun time chillen with the guys! Expect to see a viral video from Big Sean x Chiddy Bang coming soon to a computer screen near you! Take a look at the gallery below, and expect some cool performance footage dropping later tonight from Big Sean himself. Enjoy!

maks x big sean x jen deleon
Maks G x Big Sean x Jen DeLeon

Gallery sneak peek (4 images):

View the gallery...
Continue reading...

Most Active Pages Right Now

ChicagoNow.com on Facebook